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King Edward the Confessor with crown and mantle. Bayeux Tapestry.

New research on how the Bayeux Tapestry was made

This section of the Bayeux Tapestry (which isn't really a tapestry) supposedly shows King Harold (of the English) trying to pull an arrow out of his eye. Whether this really is how Harold died isn't definitively known, but we do know that Harold was killed, the English lost the Battle of Hastings that day, and William the Bastard of Normandy became William I -- the Conqueror -- of England. What a day that must have been!

Duke William Ship, Bayeux tapestry. Depicts the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings (1066) when Duke William of Normandy was victorious over King Harold of Saxon, England. Here, the cavalry embark for England.

William invades England

The Subplot - Not Second Place, but Side by Side - Writers Write

The great comet of 1577. For centuries, comets have inspired awe and wonder. Many ancient civilisations saw them as portents of death and disaster, omens of great social and political upheavals. Shrouded in thin, luminous veils with tails streaming behind them, these 'long-haired stars' were given the name 'comets' by the ancient Greeks (the Greek word kome meant 'hair').

A new study of Aboriginal astronomy has found that Australia's first people viewed comets as portents of doom. Aboriginal societies typically associated comets with fear, death, omens of sickness, malevolent spirits and evil magic, which is consistent with many other cultures around the world."